Today’s Reading - Ephesians 4:17-32
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. . . . 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. - Ephesians 4:25, 29
Short and to the point. As Christ followers, we are in the world but not of the world. We are instructed to speak truthfully and speak in order to build others up according to their needs. The world speaks words full of lies in order to tear people down. People aligned with Christ speak truth in order to encourage and build up. No ifs. No maybes. No when I feel like it. No other interpretation is possible of Paul’s exhorting us to be truthful and build up. Just God’s word for the people of God. Think on this thing.
Heavenly Father, let every word that proceeds from our mouths be nothing but truth and nothing but words which build up our brothers and sisters. Lord make us realize the opportunity we have to show a different way. Forgive us for being in the world and then acting like the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Personal Prayer Focus - be reconciled to God